what is friendly student teaching
What is student-friendly teaching,
or- rather- what it is NOT
Student-friendly teaching has nothing in common with a lack of discipline. On the contrary, introducing a set of clear and reasonable rules of conduct in the classroom, such as: NO CHEATING, NO TALKING IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE, THERE'S ALWAYS HOMEWORK, etc., helps
build mutual respect and constitutes a good ground for building a partnership - provided that the Teacher is consistent in applying these rules and observes them himself/herself.
• It is an obvious fact that we do not respect
people who do not follow the rules that they establish for others. Therefore, if a Teacher requires his or her Students to be on time for classes and is often late himself or herself or if he/she tells his/her Students to do home ork, whereas he/she comes unprepared, Students will definitely disrespect him/her. Jn such a case, there is no basis for applying any kind of a student-friendly approach to teaching, even if the Teacher is otherwise nice.
• Another unfriendly"" situation occurs when
a Teacher does not obey certain rules and lets his or her Students disobey them, too. In such a case, each side learns to show lack of respect for the other side. By doing so, the Teacher might satisfy some of his/her lazier or easy going Students, but others will simply feel discouraged and offended. From the Students' perspective, the Teacher might be"easy to work with;" but, as experience shows, too lenient Teachers are not respected. Most Students think that such Teachers are disorganized, unfair, and unprofessional.
• There are a lso Teachers who overuse discipline in a hostile way. I have heard about ones who shout at their (adult!) Students, criticize them for anything (placing their bag on the floor or making noises with their pens, for example), or even call them names. Such behaviours are not only unfriendly but also unacceptable.
"Making friends"with Students by means of sharing our private life with them is also, surprisingly, unfriendly.
• Short stories or family anecdotes are sometimes good as ice-breakers or funny comments in specific situations, as they show Students the
"human side" of the Teacher- provided that the
stories are short, relevant, and, which is very important, told in the language being taught.
• If a Teacher tends to tell long stories concerning his or her private life during language classes, Students will not only be bored but also angry about the fact that they have come to the classroom to learn a language and, instead of it, their time scheduled for education gets stolen.
I know a Teacher who would spend HOURS
talking about his hobby instead of teaching. Students pretended to be interested, but they hated the whole situation.
• Sharing our feelings of depression, sadness, anxiety, frustration, etc. is also unacceptable. Everyone has problems that hurt, but it is our duty to leave these issues outside the classroom. We should not only refrain from talking about our personal life during classes but also prevent our moods and emotions from influencing the quality of our teaching. Anyone who has ever suffered from depression knows how hard it is to separate feelings from work. However, it is necessary- and if it is impossible for us, we should look for professional help. Students are not to become victims of our personal problems.
So, student-friendly teaching is. ..
... a product of a Teacher's will to change himself or herself, a decision to apply certain measures to make his/her relations with Students friendlier (that is: mature, pleasant, fair, entertaining,
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